Raleigh, NC – Piper, a 5 month-old Pit bull puppy under the care of a rescue organization, was the victim of a deadly snake bite this morning.
The adorable puppy, along with his siblings, came to Marley’s Cat Tales and Dogs Too! when he was just 4 weeks of age.His mother, extremely emaciated, was rescued at the same time.
Piper, still waiting for his own family, received the potentially deadly bite at his foster family’s home.
He was rushed to the Quail Corners Vet for emergency treatment – at the time that he was taken in, his leg had swelled to three times its normal size, and he was unresponsive.
Initially, there were concerns that this snuggly little guy would not survive at all.
But Piper proved himself to be a resilient puppy. His own will to survive, along with the quick thinking on the part of his guardian, pulled him through.
Despite concerns that he might not make it, the spunky little boy is already resting back at home – recovering around those that he loves.
Piper’s frightening encounter is an eye-opener for dog owners that reside in areas where poisonous snakes inhabit.
Dog owners living in these areas should be aware of the following signs of a potential snake bite:
- Intense pain
- Oozing of blood
- Dilated eyes
- Rapid breathing
- Rapid swelling in the area of the bite
If you notice any of these signs, it is advisable to rush your dog to a veterinary clinic for treatment. Contrary to what is often seen in the movies, it is not advisable to apply a tourniquet, nor to try to suck the venom out of the bite.
The good news is that Piper should make a full recovery. Now he just needs to find a loving forever family of his own.
Interested in meeting this lucky boy? Please visit his pet profile at this link.
A Chip-In was created for Piper’s emergency vet visit – you can access it at this link.
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